– US and Canadian media are having a field day scaring their citizens into avoiding Mexico, despite the fact that the Mexican “Drug War” is a battle fought far from the most popular tourist destinations, like Cabo San Lucas (Los Cabos), Puerto Vallarta (Nuevo Vallarta- Riviera Nayarit), Cancun (Riviera Maya), Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Huatulco, Guadalajara, Mexico City and others.
Despite this, many Canadians, maybe the most informed part of them are still traveling to Mexico and predictions show that the amount continues to grow.
Already in the first half of the year, there is an 18.2% growth in travel to the region compared to 2009. This is why Mexico predicts that the number of Canadian tourists choosing the country will have a significant increase in 2010 compared to 2009.
This despite the Canadian government advising its citizens to avoid nonessential travel to the United States-Mexico border. It’s important to note that the US-Mexico border is thousands of miles from Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, something many tourists tend to overlook.
The Mexican Embassy in Canada indicated that the number of Canadian tourists that raveled to Mexico only in the first half of 2010 was 18.2% higher compared to same period in 2009 and 32% higher than 2008.
This increase is almost double the Canadian tourists in the first half of 2010, compared to that of 2008, totaling 925,401 Canadian citizens this year.
According to numbers provides by the CTPM (the Tourism Promotion Council of Mexico), more than 500,000 Canadian tourists visited Cancun in Quintana Roo in the Gulf of Mexico last June and over 157,000 visited Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco on the Mexican Pacific side and around 75,000 traveled to Mexico City, the capital.
Among the countries with most tourists that travel to Mexico, Canada remains in second place with 1,222,739 visitors in 2009 – second only to the United States who sent five million 387 thousand 287 visitors, stated the embassy.
Mexico continues to hold a top 10 spot on the UN list of world tourism destinations.